Questions tagged [recorder]

The recorder is a fippled end-blown flute from the woodwind family. The most common recorders are the Descant and the Treble.

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Why is the recorder a good instrument to start with?

I don't know if it's the same all over the world, but in central Europe it seems to be a tradition that every slightly music-interested child has to play the recorder to start. Parents seem to find ...
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Scaling an object to change its key

I used a 3D Printer to make a kid's Recorder for my son. It plays surprisingly well. However, it's not tuned to match the common recorder used in schools. Using a phone-app tuner, the base mouth-piece ...
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Curved v. straight windway

Besides physical structure, what is the difference between a curved and a straight windway in a recorder? I understand that a curved windway increases air resistance, but how does the sound quality ...
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How can I play my new tenor recorder (a'=440) along with someone playing a harpsichord (a'=415)?

From an article I read online, I believe I've understood that it's possible to treat the middle C (fingers covering all holes) on the tenor as if it were a D flat, and all higher notes on the ...
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How do I fix a loose joint in a plastic recorder?

Another member of my band has a set of plastic recorders that are at least 20 years old and played often. Similar to this one: They're plastic, not wood, so shouldn't be subject to fluctuations from ...
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Right hand technique for low chromatic notes

I'm teaching myself alto recorder. Since I'm mostly interested in jazz, I'm trying to practice in all keys from the start. My problem is with the right hand technique for the low chromatic notes. I ...
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How similar (or not) are recorder, fife, and flute fingerings?

I don't play any of these instruments, but have at least tried them enough to play a scale. My impression is the basic holes down the pipe are tuned to a diatonic scale. The more holes covered, the ...
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Is there any recorder with same fingering as tin whistle/six hole bamboo flute?

Recently I bought a Hohner C-Soprano Baroque recorder, I love to play it. Unfortunately, unlike six hole bamboo flute or tin whistle, recorder fingering is somewhat different, especially while playing ...
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Why do wooden woodwinds sound better than plastic?

With clarinet, recorders, and I presume oboe's also - it's common for beginner instruments to be made out of plastic/hard rubber, and more high quality instruments to be made from wood. This seems to ...
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Curved windway of a recorder - what is the use for it?

What is the use of curved windway of a recorder? After my first Yamaha YRS-23 I bought YRS-302B and I'm still puzzled about that difference. It feels like the blowing into 302 gives slightly more ...
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Recorder sounds terrible with violin

My daughter has some trouble reading music, so I try sometimes to help with the soprano recorder. The instrument is quite old, Johannes Adler written on it. Alone it sounds quite nice but with the ...
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Why is contemporary music for the recorder so weird?

Im a recorder enthusiast and I love playing early music. There is so much music from that time that fits for the recorder, but it is still limited. So I would like to go for more modern / contemporary ...
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How important is it for the left hand to be nearest the mouth when playing tin whistle?

I was recently given a tin whistle as a gift. It's something I'd been interested in learning to play as a tiny step toward the (likely forlorn) hope that I might one day learn the Irish bagpipes. As ...
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Clarinetist learning baroque recorder

I've seen other questions, such as "Resources for learning to play the recorder" and have done a decent amount of Google searches. Basically, I used to play clarinet rather well, but had to quit due ...
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Recorder music to inspire a young learner

My young five year old son is learning to play the recorder. I would like to let him listen to some music to inspire him . What child friendly music is there that features the recorder?
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Is piano and recorder sheet music the same?

My daughter (7 years old) can play recorder and is learning to play the piano. For the recorder, she sometimes has the letters written under the notes. She doesn't think she can read all of the notes ...
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Recorder upper register

I have been playing alto and soprano recorders on and off for years - mainly for personal enjoyment. However, I find I am unreliable on notes above top G on the soprano and equivalent on alto. ...
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High D on Tenor Recorder

I just received my tenor recorder (courtesy of Music.SE :D) and I was playing around in the upper range. I noticed that once I get up to the high C and beyond (no pun intended), the notes come out an ...
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De-awkwardize middle G trill on recorder

The third movement of Bach's second Brandenburg Concerto calls for multiple trills on the middle G in F. The fingering is highly awkward because it is right between two registers and I am looking for ...
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Should I bother to learn the correct fingering or transpositions by default when playing a second instrument?

I have been playing the Soprano recorder for some time now, and also the Alto for a while as well. The thing is, I never bothered learning the correct fingering for the Alto. That is, the fingering ...
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How do I fix a stuck Joint on a plastic recorder

Help! I just purchased the MPI classic Tenor recorder in Matte black from Groth music (http://www.grothmusic.com/p-24419-mpi-classic-tenor-recorder-outfit-baroque.aspx?utm_source=googlepepla&...
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What are the technical measures of a tenor recorder?

A friend wants to make a tenor recorder from scratch (he is already a gaita maker), and asked me for the technical measures to do it, I searched through the web but couldn't found any complete ...
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What does the plus (+) ornament mean?

I am learning a baroque piece on the recorder. Some notes have an unusual ornamentation symbol. How is a note with a plus sign over it played? It was suggested to play it as a mordent. Is that correct?...
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Yamaha 300 series v. Aulos 500 series

I'm considering getting a new plastic soprano recorder (a wooden one is a bit out of my budget). I've narrowed it down to the YRS 302b and the Aulos 503b. I realize they are both great plastic ...
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Yamaha tenor recorder

Playing very low notes tend to be an octave too high and I'm blowing very gently. Very new at this and am not sure what the problem is. Can anyone help?
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What am I doing wrong with my new alto recorder?

I just got a Yamaha YRA-28BIII recorder. I also got a Yamaha YRS24B Soprano Recorder. I have very limited experience using a recorder. on the Soprano recorder I blow fairly strongly without it ...
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Unstable lowest note on Yamaha YRS-302B

I'm trying to learn playing recorder using plastic Yamaha YRS-302B - and there is a somewhat annoying thing: lowest notes C and D are somewhat unstable - they sound properly only when I blow very ...
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Cleaning a Tenor Recorder lever

I have a plastic Tenor Recorder which I understand can be washed with soapy water. I am concerned if the lever can also be immersed or do I have to clean it another way.
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problem disassembling a wooden recorder

I recently purchased a new Aura wooden recorder. The joint has a cork band. I greased it carefully with what I thought was plenty of the enclosed lubricant before putting it together. But I find I ...
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Playing recorder with bandaged finger

Stupid me decided to drill half-inch holes with a drill-press in a piece of aluminum trying holding the piece with my bare hands. I ended up with a good sized cut on the pad of my left fourth digit ...
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What are some great exercises for adult recorder players?

I have several adults who want to relearn recorder playing and play Renaissance music, especially dance pieces. They want exercises to familiarize the fingerings and reading.
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Which notes are played

I have had VERY LITTLE formal music training, so l may be unable to properly express my dilemma. I hope you understand my frustra I want to play the recorder in church, where most songs start at ...
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Has anyone required nonstandard fingerings for “normal” pipe instruments?

By "normal," I mean pipe instruments that are tuned to 12-equal temperament. They have "standard" fingering for each notes in 12edo, but I recall that, when I was young, I found it ...
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Learn the alto recorder

My daughter learns the violin and I had recorder lessons as a kid (maybe two years). I know how to read music and play simple pieces on the soprano recorder. I would like to play together with my ...
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Tenor recorder - Cannot reliably play middle C

I've recently received a tenor recorder, but after practicing for some time I find myself unable to reliably play middle C (Lowest possible note). The model is a Yamaha YRT-304B II, meaning it ...
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Recorder out of tune by a half tone up

When playing my Recorder I found out that each note was half tone (sharp) up... I was wondering if this is a problem with the flute, or with my technique of blowing... I have also noticed that when ...
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How to play low b note on soprano recorder

is it possible to play low B (below middle C) on soprano recorder? If it is possible, how to play it? Do you have the chart? (hole) Thank you
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What's the qualitative difference between wooden and plastic recorders?

Are wooden recorders better than plastic recorders? Do they have better tone or are more playable? Are these differences noticeable for cheap recorders? What are the advantages of plastic recorders? ...
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How loud is an alto recorder?

I was thinking of starting to learn an instrument. Many people on the internet say recorder is not a very difficult instrument and I can learn alone without a teacher. But I was wondering how loud a ...
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Is it possible to play a low A on a recorder

I know this is a ridiculous question, but thought I'd ask anyways since I saw an article on wikihow for a low B. http://www.ehow.com/how_5210357_play-low-recorder.html I need a lower A than the one ...
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Overblown octaves on a tenor recorder

I have a brand new Aulos 511 tenor recorder and can achieve perfect overblown octaves without changing my fingering, just adjusting the position of my tongue and directing the stream of air. Why are ...
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How can I play C#/Db on a soprano recorder with single holes? I can't play that note

I would like to play that note properly but I can not. I also would like to determine the make of my soprano recorder... it's green, solid and made from hard plastic, It has two stripes in the head ...
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Help a 6-year old learn to play recorder

After "mandatory" recorder lessons in his school, my 6 year old son wants to learn to play recorder properly. So, this question is two-fold. What recorder should I pick for him? He currently has a ...
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Tenor recorder music sheet notes

I recently purchased a tenor recorder and can play the soprano recorder. I would like to know which note line do one play on a music sheet for the tenor recorder which is in C like the soprano ...
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Recorders and Musical scores

I'm new to recorders and I do not know much about it. I have a soprano recorder by Yamaha. I really enjoyed a composition by handel, specifically the recorder sonata. I would like to know whether ...
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ASIO with a latency with bluetooth mic

I decided to use my handsfree as a happy microphone, despite its utter junk 8000Hz quality. It attaches to the labium of my alto recorder and it looks quite fascinating. Now I can playback the sound ...
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How to play A5-B5-C6 sequence on descant recorder?

I'm a beginner at recorder and I'm having difficulty playing the sequence of notes A5-B5-C6, and this sequence comes up a lot! The basic fingerings are given as follows: A5: T12----- B5: T1------ C5:...
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Which is more affordable and easier to maintain a harmonica or a recorder?

I wanted to buy a harmonica or a recorder, as they are what i found interesting the most out of wind instruments.my budget is low at about 300 egyptian pounds, which is about20$. I have seen what ...
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The low e note on my tenor recorder is sharp

I have been playing the alto recorder for a few years and am teaching myself to play the tenor. I have a Yamaha plastic tenor recorder. Whenever I play the low E note it always is sharp. The ...
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Recorder alto or soprano german or baroque

For an Indian beginner playing Hindustani Music which recorder is the best - soprano or alto with German or Baroque style ?